Sponsors for the “top-two” primary election system were moderate Republicans, such as wealthy physicist Charles Munger Jr., right, who wanted to pull their party to the center, and business interests, who wanted more moderate Democratic legislators to counter liberal groups such as unions and environmental activists.
Sponsors for the “top-two” primary election system were moderate Republicans, such as wealthy physicist Charles Munger Jr., right, who wanted to pull their party to the center, and business interests, who wanted more moderate Democratic legislators to counter liberal groups such as unions and environmental activists. Rich Pedroncelli AP
Sponsors for the “top-two” primary election system were moderate Republicans, such as wealthy physicist Charles Munger Jr., right, who wanted to pull their party to the center, and business interests, who wanted more moderate Democratic legislators to counter liberal groups such as unions and environmental activists. Rich Pedroncelli AP
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Opinion: California’s ‘top-two’ primary has major impact

December 28, 2014 04:01 PM

UPDATED December 29, 2014 12:01 AM

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